Board and card games are HUGE at our house. From the time my kids were 2-3 years old, we've been playing games with them. Every holiday season, we gift each child a new family game for the year, and we request others from the grandparents. I already have a few wrapped and ready to go, and I can't wait for those game nights and snowed-in weekends when we laugh together playing family games.
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If you're thinking about gifting some family games this season, take a look at these Favorite Family Games for all ages, with links to the reviews I've done over the past few years. These are our absolute favorites that we've had for years and years and played over and over again! When you're looking at prices, remember that some include wooden pieces that give the game longevity and can either be resold or passed along to younger cousins and friends.
Games for Older Kids (8+) and Adults
Sketch It is a fast-paced party game for when company comes, or anytime you have 4-6 people to play. It's a balance between drawing for accuracy and drawing for speed, with a ton of laughs along the way.
The game works best with older kids & adults; our 8-year-olds play but occasionally don't know what an object is on the card.
King of Tokyo is a blast for ages 8+, and we've enjoyed it so much the past two years that (sshhh!) the newest version is already under our tree.
Check out my review for game play, but basically you're each playing a monster pounding on each other to drive each other out of Tokyo.
Need a stocking stuffer? Love Letter is a tiny card game with just 16 cards, easy to learn and works best with 3-4 people. Reading is necessary, so I'd suggest it for 6 and up.
This is a great game to pull out when family is visiting over the holidays.
The DC Deck Building Game is not just for superhero fans! The goal is to build a your deck as the game moves along, fighting villains with superpowers.
If you've never tried a deck-building game, this is a great way to learn along with your kids.
Fandooble is a press-your-luck game, where each player has to decide to roll the dice and when to collect their coins. It's a quick play and easy to include players of all ages.
Games for Younger Kids (6 and under)
Rat a Tat Cat is an easy card game we've had for over five years now, and the kids still enjoy it! It's easy to teach to others and can play up to four players. Best for ages 5+.
It's one of our 4 Favorite Card Games for Families so check out the others on that post!
Animal Upon Animal is all about balancing and stacking wooden animals. Having little hands gives you an advantage over parents and grandparents, so it works with all ages.
Viva Topo! is a fun cat-chasing-mice game where the playing field is level between kids and adults. Roll the dice and keep away from the cat!
Friday 5th of December 2014
Great list of games, I hadn't heard of some of these, so thank you for sharing! Games are very popular in our house too. They're cheap, entertaining, and foster spending time together. Some of my best memories are of playing games with my parents and siblings growing up and everybody laughing and enjoying the experience. My husband and I like to play games with just the two of us too--great frugal date night :)!